Peace by Piece: Harnessing Peace, Conflict and Dialogue
When we say ‘we are building peace’, what exactly do we mean? What factors should be in place for an entity to be considered peaceful? If it is true that within every conflict lies both opportunity and danger, why does the term conflict automatically solicit violence prevention or connote negativity? How do we harness the opportunities that lie within a conflict? Why do dialogues easily slip into talk-shops? What would it take to move dialogue beyond rhetoric to an effective tool that facilitates understanding and delivers gains for peace-building, conflict management and public participation?.
Although the term ‘peace-building’ has the word ‘peace’ at its core, it appears most actions concerning peace-building are focused on preventing violence rather than strengthening peace. This has made it challenging to muster support for peace-building or conflict management actions early on in conflicts, especially when there is no direct threat of violence in view.
How do we make peace a value and capacity to be invested in, even in the absence of the threat of violent conflict? How do we facilitate peace work that goes beyond violence and stability to one that can deliver positive peace?.
These are the questions being explored and answered in this book.
About the author.
Uduak-Abasi Akpabio has a degree in law and a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies. She was a trainee with the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, Vienna, and is an alumnus of the International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC), Romania. Amongst other career experiences, Uduak-Abasi has worked: with a United Nations Mission; with the British High Commission as Regional Conflict Officer (West Africa) ; as a consultant designing programmers and facilitating sessions on peace-building, tolerance etc.; and is currently working in the Political team of an embassy. In 2020, she was a speaker at the Nigeria edition of the UN75 Intergenerational Dialogue.
With over 15 years valuable experience working on issues of peace, conflict, politics and governance, Uduak brings a palpable passion as an advocate for peace, good governance, and responsible politics. She is also passionate about using mentoring to foster attitudes that support peace and meaningful coexistence.